Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete four years of dental school and then spend another minimum of four years receiving advanced specialty training in a hospital-based residency program. Along with physicians, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained in all areas involving head, neck, facial and jaw anatomy and function as well as participate in classes and rotations to receive a broad-based medical education in areas that include emergency medicine, internal medicine, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, and anesthesiology.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery encompasses a wide range of services and procedures including:

  • Extraction of erupted and impacted teeth
  • Emergency management of dental and facial injuries
  • Surgical correction of jaw deformities and craniofacial anomalies
  • Detection and management of oral pathology
  • Surgical endodontic procedures
  • Pre-prosthetic surgery
  • Exposure of impacted teeth for orthodontic alignment
  • Bone grafting procedures
  • Dental implant placement
  • Diagnosis and treatment of non-surgical TMJ disorders

With several years of advanced specialty training, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are well trained in all types of dental anesthesia and sedation and can ensure patient comfort throughout every procedure.